Monthly Archives: August 2017

Waterbird Count – 30 August

Exciting morning at the waterbird count! It looks like ducks may be starting to move. Had several groups of ducks too far out in the haze to identify, but did have the first Northern Shoveler of the season hanging out closer to shore for a while. Large groups of Red-necked Grebes were loafing on the water throughout the morning, and some smaller groups of Horned Grebes were mixed in (another first for the fall!). Things quieted down into the afternoon as it started to drizzle.
Excited to see things starting to pick up, and hoping that tomorrow will bring better visibility and more duck movement.
Canada Goose – 22
Mallard – 7
Northern Shoveler – 1
Redhead – 2
Hooded Merganser – 2
Duck sp – 16
Common Loon – 1
Horned Grebe – 23
Red-necked Grebe – 33
Double-crested Cormorant – 33
Great Egret – 2
Ring-billed Gull – 220
Herring Gull – 20
Other species:
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 1
Spotted Sandpiper – 1
Red-eyed Vireo – 15
Black-capped Chickadee – 5
Monarch Butterfly – 2

Waterbird Count – 29 August

The weather started out cloudy and hazy this morning, and turned into rain by the end of the count. Yesterday’s geese and Red-eyed Vireos are still hanging around the count site today, and interestingly Red-necked Grebes were back in good numbers today after a few days of absence. A steady stream of monarchs came across the straits throughout much of the morning until the rain started, which surprised me given the cloudy cool weather.
Canada Goose – 38
Common Loon – 2
Red-necked Grebe – 26
Double-crested Cormorant – 19
Great Blue Heron – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 2
Herring Gull – 26
other species:
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 1
Spotted Sandpiper – 1
Mourning Dove – 2
Red-eyed Vireo – 25
Black-capped Chickadee – 5
Monarch Butterfly – 38

Waterbird Count – August 28th

Mostly cormorants again today at McGulpin Point. Red-necked Grebes seem to be gone almost entirely – I didn’t see any again today. The Hooded Mergansers and Canada Geese from the past few days are still hanging around near the beach. Two Sandhill Cranes came over from the UP this afternoon, and about twenty Red-necked Vireos were foraging in the apple trees by the parking lot throughout much of the morning.
Canada Goose – 15
Hooded Merganser – 3
Double-crested Cormorant – 34
Great Blue Heron – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 2
Herring Gull – 4
Other species:
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 1
Sandhill Crane – 2
Belted Kingfisher – 1
Red-eyes Vireo – 20
Black-capped Chickadee – 3
Monarch Butterfly – 9

Waterbird Count – 27 August

source Cloudy, quiet day at McGulpin Point today. Several groups of Double-crested Cormorants were starting to migrate through, and yesterday’s Canada Geese were back today in greater numbers. Not many monarchs or hawks were coming over in the cloudy weather.

go to site Canada Goose – 26